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Chopin: Prelude (Raindrop) in D-flat Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Preludes :
Prelude (Raindrop), Op. 28 No. 15
Prelude (Raindrop) Op. 28 No. 15  in D-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: D-flat Major Published: 1834
Level: 7 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (83 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Autograph manuscript (1212 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Prelude (Raindrop) Op. 28 No. 15 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)

A beautiful dream turns into a nightmare...

The Prelude op 20 no 15, one of Chopin’s 24 Preludes in every major and minor key, is a miraculous example of Chopin’s amazing virtuosity in translating human emotions to piano music. It is better known as the Raindrop Prelude, due to the repeating A-flat that appears throughout the piece and sounds like raindrops to many listeners.

Within this rather short piece - even if it is one of the longest of the preludes - Chopin manages to build up two entirely different atmospheres, using the same obsessively repeated note. The C-sharp minor section begins rather suddenly in measure 28, and with it the piece changes from something peaceful and serene into something much darker. Listeners and music historians have likened it to a beautiful dream that turns into an oppressive nightmare, which is a very appropriate description for this work. The feeling of uneasiness present in the middle part is made even stronger by the serene calm and beauty of the first 27 measures. The first theme is reintroduced towards the end of the prelude, giving it a peaceful ending. The repeating A-flat (written as G-sharp in the middle, ominous section) never stops throughout the piece.

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xx Chopin - Prelude, op. 28, no. 15 (Raindrop)
July 09, 2016, 12:21:24 AM by pjjslp

This is my first audition room posting, so please be gentle! Although I used to love performing in any capacity, it turns out that even recording myself on my iPad makes me nervous these days. I have no opportunities to perform, so recording and posting is my only chance to start getting over this unfamiliar anxiety.

Apologies for the poor recording quality and the couple of wrong notes. Otherwise, enjoy! Helpful comments much appreciated  Smiley

xx Chopin- Op. 28 No. 15 (Raindrops) Video
April 10, 2012, 03:37:34 PM by timothyvanwing

Let me know what you think!

xx Piano Pieces in the movie "The Pianist"
August 29, 2011, 05:09:05 PM by faa2010

Some piano pieces which appeared in "The Pianist" of Roman Polanski doesn't appear in the soundtrack of the movie.

Do you know the name of the pieces which were played when:

- Szpilman was playing in the restaurant of the ghetto?

- he was hiding in a flat and the piano was played by the woman of the other flat?

xx Analyzing Raindrop Prelude
July 25, 2011, 01:23:54 AM by allthumbspiano

I'm learning Chopin's Raindrop Prelude and am trying to learn some theory at the same time.  I have three questions so far about it, if someone could help that would be great.  In measures 9-10 is he modulating from Db Major to Gb Major?  That is what it looks like to me.  I'm writing down the roman numerals for the chords, should I make the Gb the new I chord because of the modulation or should I continue writing the chords as if it didn't modulate (making Gb a IV chord)?  I can't figure out the chords on beats 3&4 of measure 12, I'm not sure if they are considered chords or something else as I'm new to this theory stuff, any idea?  Same thing in measure 16.

xx A problematic chord in Chopin's Prelude 15
July 05, 2011, 01:30:18 AM by klik11

Hello, how am I supposed to play the highlighted chord in here

It's huge!

xx Chopin - "raindrop"
June 26, 2011, 10:58:27 PM by rmbarbosa

In Chopin prelude op.28 no 15 (Raindrop), sheet music from pianostreet puts 1 - 2 over the A at the first bar and, at the second bar 5 - 3 over the C. Also, at 3ş bar, 5 -4 over F and G.
It seems it is intended to play the chords (EGC - DFE - CGE, etc, with the right hand. However, there`s a musical phrase made by the upper notes and the inferior notes of these chords are "linked" to the notes played by the left hand.
I saw Valentina Igoshima playing this prelude and it seems to me that she plays the melody with RH and all the other notes with LH. And tjis seems to me more logical.
So, I`m confused and ask for your help. How to play correctly these bars?

xx Chopin Prelude op.28-15 (raindrop)
March 07, 2011, 09:23:31 PM by japie

Hello everyone!

I have a short question about de playing of this piece. (or accually about the playing of chopins music at all)
Can the Sostenuto pedal be of good use in certain passages of chopin?

This question came to me when I suddenly just did it when playing the Sotto Voce part of this prelude and I never really thought of it.. (im using it on the left hand) I know chopin himself never heard of the Sostenuto Pedal but on the other hand the sound of piano's itself chanced aswell.

I would very much like to hear some opinions!


xx Chopin: "Raindrop" Prelude Op 28 no 15
February 22, 2011, 07:14:26 PM by lelle

So I'm playing a couple of technically "less challenging" works to work on interpretation. I have to say this is one of the more difficult pieces I have played! 

I'd like some feedback what you think of my playing Smiley

xx Chopin Prelude "Raindrop" VIDEO and this time on a real piano. :P
December 04, 2010, 12:44:50 AM by solstyce

Ok, I played it on my 1908 Blasius and Sons. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It sounds way better than my previous video. Keyboards stink. Anyway, heres the link.

xx Chopin Prelude #15 in D Flat Op. 28 "Raindrop"
November 02, 2010, 11:47:53 PM by solstyce

Ok, I know, real pianos are prefered, so I will probly upload this song again from my old Blasius. After listening to this again, I think I played it way to fast and with little expression, so its not the way I play it when its not being recorded. I guess I was nervous. :/

xx Chopin Prelude 15 - fingers!
May 20, 2010, 12:24:03 AM by dss62467

I just started learning Prelude 15 last night and there's a chord in the 9th measure that is not meant for hands my size.

D flat - C - F.    Is it acceptable to play the F with my right thumb while I play the F with my right hand?  My version has it as a rolled chord, but still, that's a stretch for me.   I don't want to spend the week practicing it that way and have my teacher say "nope".

xx Chopin - Prelude #15 in Db Major (Raindrop)
December 23, 2008, 11:47:14 PM by tetmin

This is my first post here, would appreciate your opinion...

Recorded yesterday and it's not perfect, the bit where the ff left hand chord drowns out the raindrop note during in the middle section is not ideal, and there are one or two tiny flubs. Comments and suggestions would be hugely appreciated since I've not really had anyone with a discerning ear ever listen to my playing. Don't worry about being overly critical, I want to get this nailed down before I move polish something else.


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